Brookline man charged with assaulting, recklessly endangering 3 city officers and a state trooper
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A Brookline man was arrested and charged Wednesday with assaulting and recklessly endangering three Pittsburgh police officers and one Pennsylvania State Police trooper, in addition to other charges in an attempt to receive a package containing several pounds of marijuana, police said.
Police were investigating Dominic Demarco, 48, and the four officers waited for him to pick up a package containing several pounds of marijuana at an empty residence on Plainview Street early Wednesday afternoon, according to a criminal complaint. A postal inspector working with the officers had obtained a search warrant to verify the contents of the package and then delivered it to the empty residence, police said.
At about 2:40 p.m., Demarco arrived in a Dodge Durango, picked up the package and "looked up and down the street to see if anyone was watching," police said.
When a city officer approached Demarco -- who was back in the SUV -- and identified himself, Demarco drove toward the officers, police said. Attempting to leave the area, Demarco hit the right front bumper of a Pennsylvania State Police undercover vehicle and pushed it, police said.
Demarco gave police written consent to search his home and vehicles and was read a search and seizure report, police said. Police recovered $747 on Demarco and $4,000 and a baggie containing drugs "in an area where his two young children would be able to get to" in his home, police said.
Demarco was arrested and charged with four counts each of aggravated assault and reckless endangerment; two counts each of possession with intent to deliver and endangering the welfare of children; fleeing or attempting to elude police; and other drug charges related to the crash.
First Published January 10, 2013 12:20 am